Parliament was told that the government is aware of China’s objective to become a maritime power. The question was put by Congress’s K.V. Thomas whether the Naval chiefs of Quadrilateral Nations — the United States, Japan, Australia and India — have called China a disruptive power.
Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said that Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba made no such statement. US Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris called China a disruptive force in the Indo-Pacific region during an event at New Delhi in January. He shared the dias with Admiral Sunil Lanba, Australian Navy chief Vice Admiral Tim Barret and Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano — the Chief of Staff, Joint Staff of Japan Self-Defense Forces.
It was said in a written reply in Lok Sabha that the govt. is aware of China’s objective of become a maritime power.
“As part of this strategy, China is undertaking maritime activities and developing ports and other infrastructure facilities in littoral countries in the Indo-Pacific region, including in the vicinity of India’s maritime boundary, Mr Bhamre said as quoted by
“The government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India’s security and takes all necessary measures to safeguard it,” Mr Bhamre continued.